Joe Posnanski had a blog post a while back where he was putting guys in the Hall of Fame that weren’t actually there. When it came to Mark McGwire, he brought up what he called “sort of a super slugging formula.”
This is how it works: add up all the bases a player accumulates — total bases + stolen bases + walks + hit by pitch — and divide that by plate appearances.
Poz then followed w/ the ten highest ranked super sluggers in baseball history (5,000 plate appearances):
1. Babe Ruth, super-slugged .756
2. Barry Bonds, .726
3. Ted Williams, .712
4. Lou Gehrig, .695
5. Albert Pujols, .679
6. Jimmie Foxx, .673
7. Hank Greenberg, ..667
8. Mark McGwire, .658
9. Alex Rodriguez, .655
Manny Ramirez, .651
So after seeing that, I thought it would be interesting to see how other players stacked up to this very formidable list. I also broke down some single seasons just to see what they looked like.
As you can imagine, Edmonds looks great w/ this stat. When healthy, he was a hell of a slugger.
2000 - Edmonds’ first season in StL: .661
2004 - Edmonds’ best season: .709
2000: .690 (w/ ANA)
And since El Hombre was on the list, I decided to break down some of his single seasons just to see if any were Ruthian. They weren’t, but they were still pretty damn good. I think Pujolsian works just fine.
His two worst seasons (at least by this stat) still put him on a pretty high pedestal.
1998: 70 HR year .811
(On a side note: After looking thru the previous 3’s stats, I thought, how did the ’98 Cards only win 83 games? Then I looked at the rotation. Matty Mo and Todd Stottlemyre were awesome, but there were lots of games started by Manny Aybar and Mark Petkovsek and Kent Mercker led the staff in innings pitched. Now it makes perfect sense.)
(That’s pretty impressive considering he only hit 10 HRs)
2001 - 73 HR year: .919
1997 - His best season (for COL): .804
While none of this is groundbreaking, it is fun to look at. Obviously, you could go on forever w/ this, and I thought it was interesting enough to share.